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McKinley Architects & Engineers

Williamson Shriver Architects

The Thrasher Group

February 23, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 4

North Carolina’s new school Superintendent Mark Johnson visited Charlotte on Friday. Johnson has prioritized student testing reform and, during his visit, said the current testing structure does not return results in a timely manner, thus prohibiting teachers from using those results to improve student instruction. He also called for less testing and to distribute those tests throughout the school year instead of just at the end. Johnson added that he will not push for legislation to remove the state’s A-F school grading system. He also praised the Every Student Succeeds Act as an improvement over No Child Left Behind because, he explained, it grants states more flexibility in their education policies -  Western North Carolina Public Radio (February 20

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - . Aristotle (384–322 BC), ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. He was tutored by Plato. His writings cover many subjects such as physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics and poetry. He was a tutor of Alexander the Great.


“I would love to be able to dig into the census data somehow to determine how many teachers are living in the state of West Virginia who are now teaching in other states.” – Supt. Michael Martirano, speaking to legislators about financial incentives to attract teachers to certain positions

“I’m looking at the creation of a teacher corps that would bring young people into the state of West Virginia as first-year teachers and incentivize by giving them $5,000 a year to pay off their student loans.” – Supt. Michael Martirano

“In my opinion, this bill is well needed and will be a great step in the right direction to give flexibility back to our county school systems.” – Senate Education Chairman Kenny Mann on a bill to give school districts more flexibility in making up school days lost to bad weather and other problems

“The thrust of the legislation is to really reinforce the principal as being the instructional leader of our school and really move a lot of that decision-making down to the local level.” – House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa on House Bill 2524, which would decentralize professional development

“The School Building Authority is probably one of the greatest accomplishments that has been enacted by the West Virginia Legislature.” – Frank Blackwell, executive director of the School Building Authority, at the agency’s budget hearing before the Senate Finance Committee